Highlights:
• July 26 will mark two years of the Yediyurappa government
• Yediyurappa said that the party high command will give him directions on July 25 about his future as the Chief Minister of Karnataka
• “Whatever is the central leadership’s decision, that will be my decision,” Yediyurappa stated

On Thursday, B S Yediyurappa, Karnataka Chief Minister, broke his silence for the first time amid heightened buzz that his exit was on the cards and said that he will abide by the BJP central leadership’s decision. Yediyurappa also said that the party high command will give him directions on July 25 about his future as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. July 26 will mark two years of the Yediyurappa government.

Yediyurappa said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah (Home Minister), and national President J P Nadda have a special love and faith towards him and said, “You are aware that no position has been given to those who have crossed 75 years of age, but appreciating my work they have given me an opportunity despite my age crossing 78 years.”

While addressing the reporters, he mentioned that he intends to strengthen the party in the days to come and bring it back to power. Yediyurappa also added that based on the instructions that the central leaders will give him on July 25, he will begin his work from July 26 and said, “We have a special program on July 26 regarding 2 years of our government, after attending that program, I will abide by the instructions from the national president.”

Last week, Yediyurappa visited Delhi and met the national leadership. After coming back, he asserted that the central leadership has asked him to continue in the post. On Thursday, Yediyurappa asked party workers not to be under any confusion and cooperate with him.

Yediyurappa also stated that no one should give any statements in his favor or indulge in any kind of protest. It is not appropriate, and he then appealed for the cooperation, without indulging in such things.

Yediyurappa has received support from leaders and pontiffs, especially from the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community and All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha. They also warned the BJP of “bad consequences” if he was replaced.

In response to the support he received, Yediyurappa said that he cannot forget it throughout his life, no one has got such support in the past and added that with their blessing, he will function according to the decision of the high command.

“Whatever is the central leadership’s decision, that will be my decision,” he clarified.

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